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Deaf Culture

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as 'Mute'

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Lydia L. Callis

While reading news stories about Geeta -- the "deaf, mute girl" -- in mainstream American outlets, I can't help but feel like we've transported a half century backwards in our acceptance of deafness.

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

While it is true that we have much to celebrate with the protections afforded by the ADA, the Latino community has a long way to go in securing equal safeguards.

Getting Involved in the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

So you're interested in Deaf culture and want to connect with the larger community. Great! But how do you go about taking that first step?

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied

Alexis Ander Kashar | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Alexis Ander Kashar

Debbie and I had a normal childhood, except that, Debbie was the family's ears and voice. Since the age of four, Debbie interpreted for our parents, translating between spoken English and sign language. Due to the lack of telephone access for the deaf, Debbie often relayed conversations between hearing people and our parents on the telephone before she was old enough to understand what they were saying.

The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

While mainstream media still struggles to integrate diversity into programming, the internet offers a vastly different experience. People around the globe, of all backgrounds and abilities, are uploading original new content every day, smashing boring stereotypes and changing the way we view different cultures.

What I Learned When I Dated a Deaf Man

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

I was welcomed into the community and his family, and within a couple of weeks I was given a name-sign by his youngest sister.

Let's See More #DeafTalent in Hollywood

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. Deaf parts belong to deaf performers.

Supporting Deaf Employees

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

Deaf people have to constantly push back against a society that was not designed for them to succeed. As an interpreter and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), it can be hard to witness the structural injustice faced by my deaf colleagues and family members on a daily basis.

Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There is a fine line between showcasing the beauty of ASL, and utilizing sign language as a gimmick. Hearing artists often toe this line without even considering the opportunities that exist for better collaboration.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are an estimated half million people in the United States who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication. This year, let's work together to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds!

Bridging the Communication Gap in Your Own Family

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

At your next family gathering -- whether it's a holiday dinner or a wedding -- consider providing a professional sign language interpreter so that your deaf and hearing family members can get the most out of the time they spend together.

Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Using the tools of the modern age, the deaf community is able to amplify its voice. Finally, the mainstream world is staring to listen.

Superheroes Who Are Deaf and the Power of Diversity

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

There are many types of superpower -- ranging from super strength to mind control. With such a wealth of fictional capabilities available, why should Superheroes be limited by their ability to hear?

Deafness Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Lydia L. Callis

Instead of dictating how young deaf people should live their lives, parents can work together with their child to find the most comfortable way of adapting.

How Do I Know What Interpreting Agency to Work For?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

From the very start of our careers, interpreters should aware that these agencies are unethical, and that it is our professional responsibility to ensure access for the deaf is provided.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

Inclusion for All

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Having interpreters at music venues, fairs or outdoor events may seem like a small detail, but for those who rely on ASL, it can make a huge difference.

ASL Goes Viral

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

How do deaf people enjoy music? Vibrations, beats, lights, interpreted lyrics and awesome dance moves. It is inspiring to see mainstream media outlets exploring all-access entertainment, even if it's happening slowly.

Equality Equals Qualified Interpreters

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

As the interpreting field continues to evolve, members of the Deaf community have struggled for solidarity on the subject of qualified interpreters.

The Family I Always Had But Never Knew

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the sixteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...

On Deafness

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

I am almost entirely deaf. I don't mind very much. I've heard just about everything already and I don't think I'll miss hearing it the second or third time around.